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Is same-sex marriage or birth control in danger after U.S. Supreme Court ruling on abortion?

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to strike down constitutional protections for abortion is raising questions about the future of other rights established with court precedent, especially for advocates for same-sex relationships and for use of contraceptives. Justice Clarence Thomas, one of the conservative members of the U.S. Supreme Court,… Read More

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With Ohio’s legislative primary set, lawmakers working on how to pay for it

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A federal court ruling on Friday sets up an August 2 primary for Ohio House and Senate districts, using maps that were ruled unconstitutionally gerrymandered in March. Now lawmakers are deciding how to pay the estimated $20 million cost of that vote. Senate President Matt Huffman (R-Lima) said the… Read More

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Time is ticking toward deadline to get Real ID to fly in the US

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The countdown is on toward a final deadline for airline passengers to get the drivers’ licenses that will allow them to fly in the US without additional documentation. Next May 3, airlines will start requiring a Real ID compliant driver’s license to get on a domestic airline – or… Read More

Ohio congressional delegation, other state leaders banned from traveling to Russia

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) A list of nearly a thousand Americans and Canadians banned from traveling to Russia includes all 16 Ohio members of Congress and both the state’s U.S. Senators, along with three others. The Russian government says all 12 Republican and four Democratic members of the U.S. House from Ohio are not… Read More

Lt. Gov. Jon Husted

Ohio’s lieutenant governor defends decision to add on private sector job

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) Ohio’s Republican lieutenant governor is taking some heat for accepting an outside paid job on top of the work he’s already doing as the state’s second-in-command to Gov. Mike DeWine. Lt. Gov. Jon Husted was elected by his fellow shareholders to the board of directors of Heartland Bank, which he… Read More

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Republicans propose amendment to make clear that non-citizens can’t vote in Ohio

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) A constitutional amendment stating that non-U.S. citizens can’t vote in Ohio is working its way through the legislature and could be before voters this fall. The issue of non-citizens voting, long of concern to Republicans, could appear on a crowded ballot that includes races for governor and U.S. Senate. Rep…. Read More

JPMorgan Chase CEO talks tax policy and minimum wage with Ohio business leaders

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The CEO of one of Ohio’s largest employers, JPMorgan Chase, talked taxes and future trends with members of the state’s largest business lobbying group, the Ohio Chamber of Commerce. JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon took questions from Chamber President and CEO Steve Stivers, a Republican former congressman from central Ohio. But he didn’t take any… Read More

Hundreds of nurses concerned over staffing levels and workplace violence during the COVID-19 pandemic rallied at the Statehouse for more legal protections.

Democratic Ohio lawmaker planning for bill to protect nurses from being attacked at work

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The COVID-19 pandemic brought an escalation of attacks against medical professionals, including nurses, at work. The American Nurses Association reports a quarter of nurses say they’ve been attacked while at work, but it’s estimated half of those workplace violence issues go unreported or unnoticed because of inadequate tracking. At… Read More

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Ohio prepares to establish six-week abortion ban if U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio will almost certainly have strict limitations on abortion in short order if the U.S. Supreme Court does as a draft opinion published last week says and allows states to set their own regulations on the procedure. That’s even if Republican lawmakers haven’t passed the so-called “trigger ban” on… Read More

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Ohio Democratic Party sues DeWine over FirstEnergy, nuclear bailout law records

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio Democratic Party has filed a lawsuit against Gov. Mike DeWine’s administration, saying they’re breaking the state’s public records law in turning over documents with information blacked out. The lawsuit demands those documents related to the House Bill 6 corruption scandal be turned over without the redactions.Democrats are searching… Read More

A person votes off in the distance. They are in a school gym. A box in the foreground has an American flag on it and the word Vote underneath it.

Fight for Ohio’s U.S. Senate seat shaping up to be battle between populist contenders

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — After months of mudslinging and mass debates, J.D. Vance is the Republican nominee for Ohio open U.S. Senate seat, being vacated by the retirement of twice-elected Republican Sen. Rob Portman. The Trump-backed venture capitalist and author will face longtime Congressman Tim Ryan, a Democrat who’s won elections even as… Read More

Commissioners hand out different maps to be submitted during a Ohio Redistricting Commission meeting on March 2, 2022.

Senate president removes himself from Ohio Redistricting Commission as new maps deadline looms

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — There will be a new member of the Ohio Redistricting Commission for Wednesday’s meeting, two days before a fifth attempt at legal House and Senate maps is due to the Ohio Supreme Court. Sen. Rob McColley (R-Napoleon) was appointed by Senate President Matt Huffman (R-Lima) to replace him on… Read More

The inside of the Ohio Supreme Court chambers from behind the bench

Ohio Supreme Court justices, chief justice races set for November election

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The lineups are set for three races for the Ohio Supreme Court this fall. The six candidates for the three seats ran unopposed, but the court has proven to be a key player in the critical issue of redistricting. Republican Justice Pat DeWine will face Democratic First District Court… Read More

A poll worker helps a voter to a machine at Franklin County's early voting center in Columbus on Sunday, March 15. In-person voting for the March 17 primary was cancelled the next day and the mail-in deadline was extended to April 28.

Most expensive primary in Ohio history doesn’t slow down on the final weekend before election day

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Tomorrow brings an end to the most expensive primary in Ohio history, the race for the Republican nomination for the seat being vacated by US Sen. Rob Portman. $65 million has been spent by the five leading candidates and the groups that support and oppose them. On Sunday, a… Read More

U.S. Senate Democratic candidates; Tim Ryan, Morgan Harper

U.S. Senate Democratic candidates lay out two paths for the party’s future in Ohio

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — There are three candidates running for the Democratic nomination in Ohio’s U.S. Senate race and the two leading challengers are setting two different tones on pressing issues like foreign policy and government spending. The Democratic candidates running for U.S. Senate include Morgan Harper, community activist and attorney, Traci “TJ”… Read More

U.S. Senate Republican candidates; Mike Gibbons, Josh Mandel, Matt Dolan, Jane Timken, and J.D. Vance.

Amid turbulent race, U.S. Senate GOP candidates lay out views on taxes and foreign policy

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — While the race for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination has seen its fair share of squabbling and mudslinging, the candidates have also attempted to standout of the packed crowd for their takes on pressing issues. The five leading candidates have leaned on their credentials from their respected backgrounds, with… Read More

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Advocates worry new law could lead to vulnerable Ohioans being kicked off Medicaid

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The COVID-19 Public Health Emergency that the federal government declared in January 2020 is set to expire on Saturday. That’s likely to be extended till July. But when it does expire, hundreds of thousands of Ohioans will lose that coverage. The federal government banned states from kicking people off Medicaid… Read More

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Ohio Senate leader suggests COVID funds could pay for second primary after maps are approved

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A primary for just Ohio House and Senate races will be set later this year, after Republicans on the redistricting commission failed to pass maps that the Ohio Supreme Court found constitutional. Ohio House and Senate races are not included in early voting now going on for the May… Read More

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman

Ohio’s Republican US Senator says he’ll oppose Jackson’s nomination to Supreme Court

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Retiring Republican US Sen. Rob Portman will stick with most of his party and oppose Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, President Biden’s nominee to the US Supreme Court. That means a split vote for Ohio’s two Senators in Jackson’s confirmation vote in the Senate later this week. Portman writes in a statement… Read More

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Advocates for low-income, minority Ohioans call on House speaker to stop “divisive concepts” bill

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Advocates for low-income and minority Ohioans are blasting a Republican-backed bill that goes beyond banning the teaching of so-called “divisive concepts” or what some call “critical race theory” in just K-12 schools. And they want a key Republican leader to halt the bill entirely. House Bill 327 would prevent K-12… Read More

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Uncertainty about primary dates over lack of constitutional maps is hurting poll worker recruitment

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio is headed toward two primaries this year – the statewide and congressional offices on May 3, and the House and Senate candidates later. The uncertainty is making it hard for local boards of elections to recruit the poll workers they need to run those primaries. Local boards are… Read More

State Rep. Bob Cupp (R-Lima) was elected the Speaker of the Ohio House following the removal of Larry Householder.

Federal judges considering Ohio redistricting lawsuit, but lawmakers have no plans to move primary

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Early voting starts next week for the May 3 primary, but right now it’s unknown when voters will decide Ohio House and Senate races. They’re not on that ballot because there are no constitutional district maps. And state lawmakers are waiting on a panel of federal judges to make… Read More

John Cranley, former mayor of Cincinnati, and Nan Whaley, former mayor of Dayton, shake hands after the Ohio Gubernatorial Democratic Primary Debate at the Paul Robeson Cultural & Performing Arts Center at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio

Democratic candidates for Ohio governor meet for first and only debate before May primary

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WILBERFORCE, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) —The Democratic candidates for governor met in their first and only debate before the May 3 primary. And while the Republican gubernatorial debate was canceled, the leading candidate in that race was talked about quite a bit. Former Cincinnati mayor John Cranley and ex-Dayton mayor Nan Whaley are friends. And… Read More

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LaRose says the May 3 ballot won’t include House, Senate races after Ohio Supreme Court ruling

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The secretary of state says, barring action from federal court, candidates for state legislative offices cannot be on the May primary ballot after the decision invalidating those district maps. The letter from LaRose to Ohio’s elected officials marked further fallout from Wednesday’s late night decision by the Ohio Supreme… Read More